Red-Dot Optics May Soon Eclipse Traditional Pistol Iron Sights

Kyle Hopp, commercial manager for Glock, shows off the company's new Modular Optic System, or MOS, Jan. 18, 2016, at SHOT Show's range day outside Las Vegas. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)Kyle Hopp, commercial manager for Glock, shows off the company's new Modular Optic System, or MOS, Jan. 18, 2016, at SHOT Show's range day outside Las Vegas. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS — Red-dot optics mounted on pistols are becoming so popular that some professional shooters see them replacing iron sights in the tactical environment.

Non-magnifying optics have long been the primary rifle sight for troops on the battlefield. Besides being accurate and durable, they are also faster than iron sights and perform better in low-light conditions.

Now the popularity of ultra-light red-dots — such as Trijicon’s Ruggedized Miniature Reflex, or RMR, sight — has compelled pistol makers to introduce special lines of their handguns specifically designed for accepting red-dots.

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  • iac

    Until the batteries run out.

  • One Charlie three

    @iac, sound like the guys in the 90s discrediting red dots because “the battery may run out”.

    If you are that concerned, just go witness with your irons. Problem solved. Although thinking outside the box may be beyond you, or take away your asinine comments.

    • Larry

      iac, I think he meant to say co-witness the red dot with your iron sights. typos are a pain.

      good post 1C3